Am I a racist?



  • Recently I read a long story written by a fellow blogger about how she is racially abused by foreigners only because she is an Indian. She said she lived in various countries and went on to accuse Australia, Canada, US, UK and Israel as racist countries. I would like to disagree here because I feel racism is not present in certain countries or races, instead it is omnipresent. Yes. I feel almost each and every person in this world has a bit of racial intentions. Let me explain.
  • What is racism? Leaving away the formal definition of racial biases etc, let us asses it from a psychological background.
  • Every human being in this world wants to be better than others. For example, we are participating in Indiblogger of the month because we want to be better than other bloggers. We are participating in a running race, because we want to be better than other participants. In this world all the successes and resultant happiness is determined comparatively. Based on various reasons, we develop a perception that certain people are not competent enough to overtake us. If those people tend to outsmart us, we want to invent certain activities to irritate and spoil their happiness to keep them below us. This activity is what I am going to term as racism. If we see in this angle, we are all racists. What do you call the behaviour of cricket fans in India to Andrew Symonds? What do you call the violence unearthed in Chennai Law College? What do you call the behaviour based on casteist disparities in India? What do you call the behaviour of people in superior posts towards their subordinates? What do you call the tratment of maratis towards Biharis in Mumbai?
  • My point is that we don’t have to develop hatred towards certain countries or race as it is not an activity present within them alone, instead it is the outcome of a basic attitude called dominance which is present in almost every human being. We need to understand that good people and bad people coexist in every part of this universe. Racism can be eliminated only when people tend to believe success is not a comparative term.

9 comments:

Shankar said...
June 14, 2009 at 9:49 AM

great post..ur absolutely right... we all are racist one way or the other...

Bharathi said...
June 15, 2009 at 9:57 AM

@ Shankar: Thanks pal. I believe realizing this is the first step to come out of it. It would also stop developing hatred towards a community or country or race.

Shankar said...
June 19, 2009 at 8:57 PM

actaully what i feel is half of the problems get solved when we discover and accept our mistakes.. Then also our willingness and hard work to rectify it..

Bharathi said...
June 20, 2009 at 9:27 AM

@ Shankar: You are absolutely right.

Psych Babbler said...
June 30, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Amen! If we were all truly honest, we would find that each and every one of us has racist tendencies. I too have been harping on about discrimination based on caste and region and even religion. In India, we also see discrimination based on skin colour --- fair-skinned indians are preferred to darker skinned indians. People from the north east with mongloid features are also discriminated against.

Bharathi said...
June 30, 2009 at 2:19 PM
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Bharathi said...
June 30, 2009 at 2:31 PM

@ Psych Bablar: Good. You observed things well. and thanks for your comment pal. Keep visiting.

Sathish said...
July 6, 2009 at 3:01 PM

great post........bot its human nature
we are still a primitive race

Bharathi said...
July 6, 2009 at 3:25 PM

@ Sathish: Thanks pal. I appreciate your comments.

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